Committee Members

Greg Cook


0418 403 960

Greg has been a proud SES volunteer since 1996 commencing at the Northam SES Unit. During his time in the Midland’s Region, Greg was able to assist other volunteers by being the region SES Consultative Committee and VA Representative. AS well as his activities at the Northam Unit, time was spent as the acting Local Manager, York SES Unit and the Training Manager at the Trayning SES Unit. After relaxing in the Midlands for 8 years, Greg departed for a period of service as a FESA DM working out of Port Hedland and serving local FESA VES and SES Units. Since returning to Perth, Greg served as the Section Leader Regional Operations Section (the Belmont Bunker). More recently he has firmly placed some antennas and a satellite dish on his head. Showing that level of instability, he has been entrusted with being the Local Manager of the Communication Support Unit. Being a person that is challenged by technology, he could not resist the opportunity for personal development. All CSU members are currently hoping that learning will take place one day, preferably soon. He also holds many SES and National Emergency Management qualifications.  Outside of the SES, Greg is a Senior Risk Consultant working in the public and private sectors. His functions include developing solutions for community-based emergency management issues and managing emergencies in facilities planning and training.

Duties of the President:

The President has the responsibility to ensure the successful functioning of the Association, the attainment of its objectives and the adherence to the constitution.  The President, as the name implies, presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.

Judith Gliddon

Vice President

 Judith cautiously joined Stirling SES early in 2015, not knowing what to expect but certainly not expecting to love it. Shortly afterwards, she took on the role of Training Manager, a role she has held for the past 3 years, and was hooked. She was Stirling’s member’s choice Member of the Year in 2016. She holds trainer assessor endorsements in Induction, Basic General Rescue, Land Search Team Member and Field Radio Operator and is qualified in Navigation, Net Control Station, Advanced WAERN, Storm and Water Damage Operations (Roof and Ground), Roof Safety System Builder, Web EOC and, of course, First Aid. Of all of the things that Stirling does to help the community, she finds land search to be the most absorbing and rewarding. Judith’s past life as senior lecturer in training and organisational development left her with a passion for developing people and processes, a passion she indulges as a member of the VSES Training Advisory Group and the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President maybe required to take on any of the Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents may act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Phil Bresser ESM

Vice President

0412 977 525

Phil has been a volunteer member of the SES for over 34 years with both Murray and Mandurah SES Units.  He started with Murray SES as young 16 year old where he spent his first 16 years before moving to Mandurah. Phil has served in a variety of roles including Rescue Team Leader, Deputy Local Manager, and Training Manager. Phil has been on numerous interstate and intrastate deployments including Yaris in 2011.

Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President maybe required to take on any Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents may act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Lin Booth


0428 612 480

Lin has been a volunteer in the Mundaring Unit of the State Emergency Service since March 2000.  During his time in the SES Lin has been a Deputy Local Manager (2002-2004), Local Manager (2004-2010) and is currently the Training Manager for the Unit. He is also a Field Search Controller.  This has resulted in Lin being involved in a number of searches and operations in Western Australia.  Lin is a Senior Assessor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, USAR, Communications, Chainsaw, Storm Damage and is also a Trainer/Assessor in Basic General Rescue, 4WD Recovery, 4WD Off Road Driving and Search Team Leader.  Lin has been involved in training with several units in the Pilbara, and the metropolitan area.


Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Association and is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Association. The Secretary prepares, in consultation with the President, meeting agendas.   The Secretary is required to attend Association meetings and take minutes for distribution to members.

Robbie Palmer


0417 908 129

Robbie joined Mundaring SES in 1997. He has held many postions in the Unit including  Local Manager, Deputy Local Manager, Treasurer, Admin Officer and currently holds the position of Training Manager. Robbie currently holds Trainer Assessor qualifications in Storm Damage, AIIMS Awareness, Navigate to an Incident, BGR, USAR cat 1, Radio Communications.  Operational Experience includes Searches across the state, running storm damage operations and Bush Fire support.

Duties of the Treasurer:
The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the Association. The Treasurer receives and deposits monies, maintains records, presents accounts in the form of a report, at each meeting and the Annual General meeting.

Kylie Griffin

North East

0478 897 748

 Kylie joined Cockburn SES in 2005 wanting to assist her community as a volunteer. Her skills range from Basic General Rescue (BGR), Storm Damage, Land Search, Communications, Operations, Navigation and Chainsaw Operator. During Kylie’s time within the SES, she has assisted with Storms, Searches and was deployed to Carnarvon during the 2010 floods.  Kylie is a Trainer Assessor with the following skills - Navigate to an Incident, BGR, AIIMS Awareness, USAR, Operations Room Team Member.  In 2010 Kylie also joined the South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade as a Volunteer Firefighter.  In 2012, Kylie was appointed as the SESVA South Coastal regional Representative until 2017 she moved to another region.  In 2017 Kylie transferred to Swan SES and continuing her role as a rescue team member, Kylie has also stepped into the position of Uniform Officer to assist the Swan SES Logistics Officer. She has also transferred from South Coogee Bush Fire Brigade to the Swan Communications Bush Fire Brigade as an Incident Control Vehicle crew member. Kylie enjoys assisting volunteers to realise their potential as a SES member.


Bassendean SES, Belmont SES, Swan SES and Mundaring SES


Trevor Patton


0419 968 203

During Trevor’s 27 years at the Karratha SES Unit he has had a number of roles including rescue team member, rescue team leader and rescue officer. During this period Trevor attended many large operations such as the 1997 Ashburton River floods in 1997, numerous Cyclones (TC Bobby/Vance) and Land Search operations. Trevor has been a key organiser in setting up and coordinating the Pilbara Regions annual training weekends (PILEX).  Trevor was the deputy Local Manager in 2006 and was appointed Local Manager in 2007. Trevor represented the Pilbara on the SES Consultative Committee for 3 years and in 2010 was the winner of the 2010 Peter Keilor Award.



Hedland SES, Karratha SES, Exmouth SES, Tom Price SES, Newman SES & Roebourne -Wickham SES


South East

0428 612 480


Armadale SES, Kalamunda SES, Gosnells SES, Canning-South Perth SES, Mundaring SES, Serpentine-Jarrahdale SES  and SWORD (incl. CSU, Canine, Mounted, Logistics)

Leah O'Neill


0491 275 919


Broome SES, Kununurra SES, and Derby SES 

Darren Wyatt

North Coastal

0426 533 573

Darren has been an active member of Stirling SES since mid-2013 and has also been a Team Leader for 3 years during that time. Darren has been awarded the Stirling SES Member of the Year twice in that time and is qualified in the SES member pathway, SES Search and Rescue pathway and SES Operations/Communications pathway. He has also completed other courses including Workplace Trainer Assessor, ATU and Advanced WAERN Radio Communications. Darren also served in the Royal Australian Air Force for around 8 years as a Communications Operator and is a qualified trainer assessor for Field Radio Operations within the SES.


Northshore SES, Stirling SES, Bayswater SES, Wanneroo - Joondalup SES and Two Rocks SES


South Coastal

0428 612 480


Rockingham-Kwinana SES, Melville SES , Cockburn SES, & Mandurah SES

Steve Cable ESM


0417 994 277

Steve commenced his Emergency Services career with two years as a member of the Parkerville Bush Fire Brigade.  He joined the Ambulance Service in Exmouth in 1972 and was OIC until 1982.  On moving to Karratha in 1985, Steve joined the SES there and served in Karratha for 10 years as Rescue Officer and a further 10 years as Local Manager.   During his years of service, Steve has experienced and organised the response to a myriad of events:  as Team Leader responding to hundreds of vehicle crashes, storm damage, floods and major cyclone events (Cyclone Bobby and Vance).  These were of magnitudes involving loss of life and required running the E/R response to three towns, numerous stations and rescue and resupply for flood stranded vehicles – all within the same operation.   Additionally, Steve has been Team Leader for 16 rope rescues, eight of which were at Karajini National Park (being the operations officer for the recovery of the Jim Reagan).  Since moving to Kalbarri in 2006 Steve joined the local SES unit, which he assisted to build into a professional E/R group, serving as a main stay to an area where deployment of 300-400 kms is not unusual.   Steve was appointed Rescue Officer and has been Local Manager for approximately five years.   In addition, Steve is an instructor in nearly all SES disciplines and travels throughout the region running courses.  Steve is also on Regional committees, including on a state level, having served as a Consultative Committee member for 10 years.



Carnarvon SES, Useless Loop SES, Shark Bay SES, Kalbarri SES, Meekatharra SES, Moora SES, Geraldton-Greenough  SES & Coastal Districts (Eneabba) SES.


Midlands- Goldfields

0428 612 480


Toodyay SES, Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES,  Merredin SES and Northam SES

Brian Kyrwood

South West

0427 984 523


Australind SES, Bunbury SES, Collie SES, Harvey SES & Murray  SES.

Jonathan Boswell

Lower South West

0419 211 131

Jonathan joined the SES in the ACT in 1992 and has been a member of the SES ever since.  He was a member of the NT ES from 1999-2003 before returning to the ACT in 2003.  In 2006 he moved to WA and joined the Belmont Unit of the WA SES.  Jonathan has held numerous positions within SES Units including Local Controller, Team Leader, Training Officer and held the position of Deputy Manager - Operations at the Belmont SES Unit from 2007 until 2014 when he stepped down to start travelling with his family.  After transferring between SES Units across the SW of WA, while travelling, Jonathan is now a regular and active member of the Bridgetown SES Unit.  Jonathan is passionate about the SES and Emergency Management and continually works towards improvements in both.  He is currently studying an Advanced Diploma in Emergency Management under the AIDR scholarship program.  Jonathan is a Trainer & Assessor in Land Search, Navigation and Operations and holds a number of SES qualifications.


Augusta/Margaret River SES, Nannup SES,   Bridgetown SES, Busselton SES, Manjimup SES, Donnybrook SES and Walpole SES 

Charlie Myres

Upper Great Southern

0491 289 479

Charlie has been an SES member at Narrogin SES for 20 years, with 19 years as the Local Manager.  During that time he has helped establish the Unit in permanent headquarters; used his civil experience to become a trainer-assessor; and trained volunteers throughout the Great Southern Region. His understanding of and experience in dealing with small SES and VES units in country WA, has given him an excellent appreciation of the difficulties and challenges, in providing training and responding to operations.  Charlie has represented SES volunteers on the SES Consultative Committee and more recently on the VESPAG committee. His strong interest in quality and timely training, has led him to nominate to represent SES volunteers in the Upper Great Southern Region.


Boddington SES, Narrogin SES,Pingelly SES and Wagin SES

Robert Boyes

Great Southern

0427 999 304

Robert has been a member of the Albany SES unit for the last three years. He has qualified in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member, Operations and Communications, Roof Safety Systems, Water Bomber loader and tracking dog training to name a few. His steep learning curve  has been augmented by the six days involved in the Esperance fires of 2015 and multiple searches in the Stirling Ranges.


Albany SES, Denmark SES, Gnowangerup SES, Mount Barker SES, Esperence SES and Ravensthorpe SES

John Capes OAM

Editor and Webmaster

0407 429 554

John has been a volunteer member of the SES for 39 years and originally joined the Wanneroo SES unit. John held a number of positions in the Wanneroo unit including six years as Local Manager.  In recent years John has focused his service to the SES Volunteer Association. John was the inaugural Association President and then held the position of Vice President.  John has the responsibly of managing the Associations Media and publications which include the website, App, diary and calendar. 

Bella Scharfenstein

Adminstration Officer

0499 619 287

The SESVA Administration Officer role is to assist the Executive in the day to day running of the SESVA.